flunk

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Alteration of funk, or perhaps a blend of flinch and funk.

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flunk (third-person singular simple present flunks, present participle flunking, simple past and past participle flunked)

  1. (US, transitive, intransitive) Of a student, to fail a class; to not pass.
    He flunked math, again.
  2. (US, transitive) Of a teacher, to deny a student a passing grade.
    Unsatisfied with Fred's progress, the teacher flunked him.
  3. (US, dated, informal) To shirk (a task or duty).
  4. To back out through fear.

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